LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi golf team will be in search of its fourth straight top-five finish this week, as it travels to the Natural State for the UALR Women's Golf Classic, hosted by Arkansas-Little Rock at Diamante Country Club. The Islanders have not finished outside of the top five in any of the three events they have played so far this spring.
The Classic will be 54 holes spread over two days, with 36 holes slated for Monday and the final 18 to be played on Tuesday. The sixth annual UALR Women's Golf Classic features a 19-team field with seven teams ranked in Golfstat.com's top 100. Tulsa leads the way at No. 31, while the Islanders are near the middle of the pack, ranked 125th in the nation.
A&M – Corpus Christi will also see conference foe Central Arkansas at the event in addition to future Southland member Oral Roberts. The remaining 14 teams are Arkansas State, Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Louisiana-Monroe, Middle Tennessee, UMKC, Missouri State, North Texas, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, Samford, UTEP, Troy and Wichita State.
The Islanders finished 11th as a team at the event last year, though Ryann White and Nikki Dunn both picked up top-11 finishes. White finished fourth, just two shots off the pace, while Dunn was just five strokes back of her teammate in a five-way tie for 11th. ORU took the team title, while Florida International's Laura Stemfle took individual medalist honors.
White and Dunn lead the team into this weekend's event, and they will be joined in the lineup by junior Taylor Slagle, sophomore Krista Fenniak and freshman Vanessa Johnson. This marks the third straight event that the Islanders will use that lineup, as the quintet traveled to the Rio Verde Invitational and Bucknell Women's Invitational over spring break.
Results will be posted on GoIslanders.com and via Twitter (@IslandersGolf) as soon as they become available.